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bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell, thanks for starting your morning with us. five stories we think you should know about this morning. number one, the hacker group anonymous has declared war on the u.s. government. it took over the website of the united states sentencing commission this morning and posted this video. the message demands reforms of the justice system. hackers threatened chaos if the
government doesn't meet their demands. the message says the suicide death of internet activist aaron schwartz prompted the threat. he was facing federal computer fraud charges and 35 years in jail. live pictures for you this morning here. thousands of people expected to march on the national mall in washington later this morning to support tighter gun control measures, lawmakers, pastors, even some celebrities will be joined by victims of mass shootings, including residents from newtown, connecticut. they want congress to enforce a ban on military-style assault weapons and require universal background checks. number three now, and this is pretty controversial. the milwaukee county sheriff here you see took out a radio ad that warns people to arm themselves. listen to sheriff david clark jr. >> with officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. you can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back, but
are you prepared? take a certified safety course so you can defend yourself until we get there. >> well, county officials say they're not aware of any police layoffs or furloughs. they also say that the ad sounds like it's encouraging individev justice. sheriff clarke has not commented. the next "star wars" movie will be directed by j.j. abrams. you may know him as the creator of "lost" or "fringe." he will direct "star wars" episode seven. this will be the first "star wars" film since disney bought lucas films. abrams says it is an absolute honor. number five, president obama and hillary clinton are parting ways. secretary clinton is leaving her job at the state department next week. the two sat down for an interview with 60 minutes. an exit interview of sorts. clinton talked about how she felt it was her duty to take the job while the president wanted
to highlight her selfless service. the line of talk around hillary clinton is centered around what is next. she says she just wants some down time, she's ready to leave washington behind, but as we have all come to know, don't ever count hillary out. >> this is not the first time hillary clinton seemed to say good-bye. >> i am determined to leave the state department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure. >> when you just knew she'd be back to say hello. she launched herself back in the days of the nerdy circular glasses as the woman who could take tradition and crack it like a nut. she and bill clinton met and fell in love at yale. then in 1974, she moved to arkansas to teach making partner at the rose law firm five years later. she kept working after her husband was elected governor of arkansas. she would become the first first lady to do so. >> i suppose i could have stayed home and baked cookies. >> then came washington. >> this health security card will represent a right of every
citizen. and it will give each of us the security of knowing we will be taken care of when we need help. >> her health care initiative came crashing down in 1994. her high visibility came at a cost. but the super woman learned to steel herself in the face of repeated controversy. there was the unexplained suicide of vince foster, and questions about the clintons' whitewater land deal. but the questions did not end there. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> the impeachment threatened to derail team clinton. but hillary was nothing if not resilient. she was elected senator from new york with 56% of the vote. she became the first, first lady to enter congress. and in 2007, another first.
>> when people tell me, well, you know, i don't think a woman can be elected president. i said, well, i don't believe that, but we're going to find out. >> reporter: she became hillary, like shakira or cher, it showed independence, it was a hard-fought campaign against barack obama. but hillary never backed down. >> shame on you, barack obama. >> even when campaigning got ugly. not long after that, clinton welled up at the new hampshire diner and ran away with the primary. another victory. but in the end, she conceded wrapping up her historic presidential bid. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time. >> but her persistence and passion convinced the man she tried to beat to cast her on the world stage. >> in her, you will have a secretary of state who has my full confidence. >> the former first lady and senator from new york would become madame secretary in 2009.
yet now, a million miles and 100 countries later, she finds herself entangled in one final controversy. >> i'm in charge of the state department, 275 posts -- >> reporter: testifying about who knew what when. in light of the attack on the compound in benghazi. but if history is any guide, hillary clinton may emerge unscathed once again and reinvent herself. >> as you saw, hillary clinton came under fire at those benghazi hearings, but gave as good as she got. a day later, she was back on capitol hill to introduce her expected successor senator john kerry. once he's confirmed, she is out. so is a run in 2016 on the horizon? she has said no. but she could always change her mind. we'll talk more about her testimony and her future in our 10:00 hour this morning. did you notice something different about hillary clinton this week? those glasses. well, it's not a fashion statement. those thick black glasses are
actually being worn on doctors orders. remember last month she fell and suffered a concussion so her doctors told her to leave the contacts at home for the time being. okay. i love this group. the folks at bad lip reading, that website. they're at it again. they've taken on twilight and the nfl, we've seen those, now turning their attention to the inauguration. and you might say they're putting their own spin on what the president and the chief justice said. >> okay. repeat after me. i'm proud to say yo mama took a cosby sweater. >> i'm proud to say yo mama took a cosby sweater. >> elvis presley had sex appeal. >> i'll do the spaceman boogie. >> i love this website. i love it. over the primary season, they did something with herman cain, as well, if you listen to the herman cain video, it is hilarious. i think i've watched it maybe 20 times. >> that does sound pretty funny. so do you want the real
story behind "argo"? about the 1979 iran hostage crisis? we'll talk about the film's accuracy to, yes, the oscars. oh! progress-oh! -oh! -oh! oh! oh! ♪ what do you know? oh! ♪ bacon? -oh! -oh! oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!" share your story for a chance to win a progress-oh! makeover in hollywood. go to facebook.com/progresso to enter. so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot
what's your middle name? what's your middle name? >> leon. >> shoot him. he's an american spy. >> look, they're going to try to break you. they're trying to get you agita agitated. you have to know your resume back to front. >> you really believe your little story is going to make a difference? >> i think my story's the only thing between you and a gun to your head. >> have you seen warner brothers' "argo" yet? they have done more than add a couple of golden globes to their resume this awards season. the movie film even got referenced in this week's benghazi hearings when hillary clinton was asked about embassy security. listen to this. >> the marine security guards, as you know, are very -- very
much a presence on more than 150 of our posts. and in order to give them the facilities and support they need, they need a marine house. they need to be very close to the embassy because if you saw the recent movie "argo," you saw the marines in there destroying the classified material when the mob was outside in tehran. >> and we have the argo screen writer with us this morning. good morning, chris. >> good morning. >> pretty great month for you. congratulations on the success of the film. but i want to ask you very quickly first. were you surprised to hear your film mentioned in those controversial benghazi hearings about terrorism and security this week? >> i was surprised. we didn't, you know, we know that president obama had referred to the film earlier sort of lightly, but we didn't know that the secretary had seen the film.
so when we, you know, we wished we'd heard the name of the film under happier circumstances than those hearings, but, yeah, we were surprised and flattered that she invoked the film. >> well, it's not just moviegoers that have noticed your film. the world is taking notice. iran has announced that argo is a fabrication and the government is sponsoring now their own version of those events. what do you make of that? >> well, i think it's an interesting development. i think ben and i both feel that the film must have hit a nerve in some way with the iranian regime if they feel compelled to respond to it. it's -- it's a -- some of the same cast of characters that were behind the 444 days are some of the same people that are behind the iranian regime now. in a way, it's not surprising they would feel compelled to just sort of contradict some of the story that we told. but it will be interesting to see what they do. there are a lot of great iranian
directors. i mean, you know, some of the directors who inspire me most are iranian. so iranian film makers are great. it's when government propaganda agencies are sponsoring films that i get worried. >> argo certainly claims to be based on a true story rather than the retelling of what exactly took place in '79. can you give us a sense of what is true and whap isn't? what might audiences be surprised to know isn't true? >> well, i think that the essence of the whole operation is true. you know, there was this moment in 1979 and 1980 when six people had to get out of tehran. and just as it proceeds in the film, tony mendez, a cia officer went to hollywood and took out ads in the trades and created buzz around this fake movie in order to create a cover story to get six people out. all of that is true. john chambers played by john goodman, the make-up artist in hollywood who won an oscar for
"planet of the aapes," he was working for the cia. so that character of a man sitting in a make-up trailer making "planet of the apes" masks and working for the cia by night is absolutely real. >> let me ask you something about slate has asked about this. much of the stuff "argo" leaves out is even better than what made it in. for example, the down playing of the canadian involvement in the rescue. i mean, how do you make the choices? first of all, how does that make you feel? do you pay any attention to that sort of thing? how do you make the choices in terms of what to leave out and put in? >> well, you feel that many of your sins are sins of omission. if we told everything that was happening, we would have a 12-hour mini series or longer. there's all kinds of canadian heroes in this. canadian diplomats who also helped to hide americans in the
city. you know, there's no shortage of heroes everywhere you look in this story. so you go through a painful process of trying to figure out what is the most compelling way to economically tell the story in a way that is truthful to the essence of what happened. and also can hold an audience's attention. >> let me ask you about ben affleck, the star of your film. in some ways he was snubbed by the academy, not getting nominated for best director but won the golden globe. do you think this is a political commentary by the academy? what do you make of it? >> i don't think so. i think that the movie got seven nominations and i think that all of us on the team are thrilled that we got seven nominations. i think that the way nominations work out sometimes the math is weird and maybe sometimes the outcome isn't exactly the one you wanted, but, you know, where ben is up for an oscar because he's one of the producers of the film. so he's still in the running to be on the stage for best picture
if we were lucky enough to be on the stage. so i think, you know, i think ben and i and the whole team, we just are thrilled that people have seen the movie and the academy has given us some attention. >> well, it's a terrific film and so much success. nice to have you on this morning. and good luck this weekend at the s.a.g. awards tomorrow night. >> thanks, randi. thanks for having me. >> thank you. this week's cold weather has made for some really cool pictures. we've got amateur scientists testing the physics of subfreezing temperatures and wild scenes produced by mother nature herself. got a lot more coming up. [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter.
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bitter cold and blizzard conditions delivered a hefty dose of winter to a huge swath of the country this week. they also produced marvelous images including some from amateur scientists who bundled up, headed outside to do some experiments. >> this is the cool part of really bad weather. this is fargo, north carolina. a frozen banana was used to hammer a nail into a piece of wood. i would have imagined that the banana would crack at some point, but no. >> it was that cold. >> also the old trick of throwing a cup of water into the air and watch this, turns into mist. >> same guy hung a wet t-shirt outside and waited for it to freeze, which it can. he was knocking on it there. he said it sounded like a drum or something like that. one of our cnn ireporters in minnesota cracked an egg in a snow drift and watched while it froze just solid. >> the weather also has caused trouble for drivers.
this truck ended up on its side after skidding on an icy road in kentucky. of course, this is not funny. in utah, students -- this is the video we were showing earlier, sliding on frozen pavement. maybe because i'm not great at roller skating, roller blading, ice skating or anything, this, to me, seems dangerous. for people who are good on -- >> they're going pretty slow. ooh, now that guy's got it. >> i could do that. >> water used to fight an extra alarm fire this week at a warehouse in chicago quickly froze, endays casing the building in a block of ice. it was like an ice skating rink after that fire was done. firefighters were covered in ice on their gloves and helmets. it was really, really hard for them to get that fire out. >> the city ordered that building to be demolished because it just kept burning. they say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
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it's not just cold here in the u.s. overseas they're seeing a series of cold snap as well. look at this. a chimp at a sanctuary in wales, shuffling through the snow in a blue blanket. it really is kind of sad. oh, came off my head. bring it in. kind of chilly. beside the blanket, what else are they doing? these chimps are drinking tea to
stay warm. we hear that this chimp will not go outside without that blue blanket. >> he was cute, trying to keep warm there. dressing shetland ponies in sweaters or, as they call them, jumpers. as jeanne moos reports, it's not because they're cold. >> reporter: fasten your cardigans. prepare to say aww. these shetland ponies really know how to fill out a sweater. were these the biggest sweaters you've ever knitted? >> oh, yes. indeed, yes. >> fivla or vitamin or as the scottish say. >> vitamin. >> reporter: the new poster ponies for scotland tourism. instantly the world has gone gaga over them. >> we got a call saying could your ponies wear jumpers? i said i don't see why not. >> reporter: their owner sent their measurements to doreen brown. but pony dimensions are different. >> you had to work out
legs & came and then, of course, you had a wider neck compared to a human being. >> reporter: how do you get a cardigan on a poen sny? >> it was a case of putting one foot in, put the other foot in, button it up. >> reporter: most of it was done lying on the ground which is only possible because 7-year-old fivla and vitamin are so calm. no accidents, right? >> no, no, no. >> reporter: shetland ponies and shetland knitwear. in the case of these pony sweaters -- >> they looked absolutely dreadful until they went on the pony. >> reporter: that's a case with a lot of clothing, huh? we've seen critters wearing sweaters, from penguins to dogs, pigs, even turtles on the blog called animals in sweaters. what the [ bleep ] is that? >> that's a sweater fit for